The Biofungicides Market is estimated to account for USD 1.6 billion in 2020 and is projected to grow at a CAGR 16.1% from 2020, to reach a value of USD 3.4 billion by 2025. Factors such as an increase in demand for organic food products, stringent government regulations against the use of chemical-based crop protection products, and the growing health concerns associated with chemical-based products are projected to drive the growth of the market of biofungicides.
By type, the microbial segment is estimated to account for a larger market share, in terms of value, in 2020
Strains of microbial species are derived from bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Species, such as Bacillus, Trichoderma, and Pseudomonas, are majorly used to derive the active ingredients that are used as anti-fungal agents. Microbial biofungicides are proven to be efficient in controlling fungal pathogens without causing any harm to the host plant or the environment.
Trichoderma, on the basis of species, is estimated to hold the largest share in the biofungicides market, in terms of value, in 2020
Trichoderma has higher environmental diversity and tolerance to soil pH, changes in temperature, and moisture. The use of these strains also ensures lower instances of reapplication (once in 12 weeks) as opposed to bacterial strains (once in 4 weeks). However, Trichoderma-based commercial products are expensive and have a relatively lower shelf life as compared to Bacillus-based products, due to which the market for the latter is growing at the fastest rate during the forecast period
The soil-treatment segment, on the basis of mode of application, is estimated to hold the largest share in the biofungicides market, in terms of value, in 2020
Soil treatment is one of the most commonly adopted modes of application for biofungicides. This is mainly due to many fungal infestations in the soil/root zone of the plant. The majority of the biofungicides available in the market are used for the treatment of soil and root-zone diseases. Trichoderma-based products are widely distributed biofungicides across the globe and have a majority of the products available for treating soil and root zone diseases. However, in regions such as North America, South America, and Europe due to technological advancements, the market for biofungicides is projected to grow. The major players in the market are also investing significant amounts in R&D activities of biological seed treatment solutions, due to which seed treatment is projected to record the fastest growth rate during the forecast period.
North America accounted for the largest market share during the forecast period due to the presence of major players in the market in the region. The region witnesses the adoption of integrated pest management and organic farming practices, which has also promoted the growth of the market. The region is also one of the largest producers of fruits & vegetables. In addition, the increasing concerns about food safety across the globe have also contributed to the growth of the market.
Leading companies are BASF SE (Germany), Bayer AG (Germany), Syngenta AG (Switzerland), FMC Corporation (US), Nufarm (Australia), Novozymes (Denmark), Marrone Bio Innovations (US), Koppert Biological Systems (Netherlands), Isagro S.P.A (Italy), T. Stanes & Company Limited (India), BioWorks (US), The Stockton Group (Israel), Valent Biosciences (US), Agri Life (India), Certis U.S.A (US), Andermatt Biocontrol AG (Switzerland), Lesaffre (France), Rizobacter (Argentina), Vegalab S.A (US), Biobest Group NV (Belgium), and Biolchim (Italy).
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